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Specialized units for Domestic Violence, Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse launch

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández on Tuesday inaugurated new specialized units for Domestic Violence, Sexual Crimes and Child Abuse.

“I have always said that the success of a society is measured according to how it treats its most vulnerable or needy citizens,” the governor said at a press conference. “These initiatives are part of our commitment that we are going to ensure that we are prepared and have the resources to serve victims of gender violence, sexual crimes and child abuse in a sensitive and effective way.”

Pierluisi said the initiative’s development began, more than two decades ago, during his tenure as Justice secretary. Last August, he approved an allocation of $3.8 million to hire the personnel required to expand specialized units. Previously, there were four units in the judicial districts of San Juan, Carolina, Bayamón and Ponce. Now, nine are being added in Aibonito, Aguadilla, Arecibo, Caguas, Fajardo, Guayama, Humacao, Mayagüez and Utuado.

In under two months, the Justice Department recruited 48 attorneys with special prosecutor appointments, as well as the required support staff -- 19 investigative officers, 16 administrative assistants and 21 legal investigation transcriptionists -- for a total of 104 employees.

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